Alsip Park District
12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip
Living Easter Basket 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 27. Create an Easter centerpiece complete with live grasses and hand-decorated basket. Ages 8-12. Registration required. $17, $11 resident.
Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Road, Lockport
Winter Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 2. Celebrate Groundhog Day. All ages. $1.
The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
Teaching with Tales 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Wednesday in February. Groundhog Day crafts Feb. 1-2. Mardi Gras mask Feb. 6-9. Celebrate Chinese New Year by making Chinese lanterns Feb. 5-29. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy., University Park
Charlotte’s Web 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 9. Charlotte, Wilbur and all their friends come to life on stage. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Homewood Flossmoor Park District
3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
Daddy-Daughter Date Night 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Event includes an interactive DJ, refreshments, corsages and take-home keepsake. Ages 4-13. $23/pair, $15 resident pair. Grandparent & Grandchild Valentine Party 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Work together stuffing and decorating a Valentine pillow and glass candy dish. Snacks and games included. Ages 3-11. $43.50/pair, $29/resident pair. Registration required for programs.
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields
Snowshoe Demonstration noon-3 p.m., Feb. 23. Snowshoes, poles and instruction will be provided. All ages. Free.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
Lunch with the Lincolns 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Feb. 9. Join President and Mrs. Lincoln for lunch at the museum. Learn about the Lincolns and complete a craft. Kids 7 and older. Registration required. $8 kids, $5 adults.
Joliet Park District
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)
Science Fossils and Bones 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 29. Kids 4-9 can learn more about dinosaurs as they become pint–sized paleontologists. Registration required.
Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa, Joliet
Imagineering 2 p.m., Feb. 2. Kids 5-9 can use their imaginations to design, create and improve selective products. Registration required. Magic Tree House 2 p.m., Feb. 16. Kids 7-11 can explore the Magic Tree House books and take imaginative trips of their own. Registration required.
Black Road Branch
3395 Black Road, Joliet
Imagineering 4:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Kids 5-9. Registration required.
Lake Katherine NatureCenter and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
Family Star Gazing 7 p.m., Feb. 16. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Includes outdoor viewing with telescopes. Registration required. $10/family, $2.50/person.
Moraine Valley Community College
Dorothy Menker Theater
9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills
"The Diary of Anne Frank" 11 a.m., Feb. 9. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Oak Forest Park District
15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest
Valentine Dance 7:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Kids 10-14 can enjoy dancing, mingling and a dance contest with prizes. Concessions available. Bring a grade ID. Call for more information. $6.
Rialto Square Theater
102 N. Chicago St., Joliet
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance 8 p.m., Feb. 12. Check Web site for ticket information.
South Side Parents
P.O. Box 16431, Chicago
Enrichment and Summer Camp Fair 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Come to the fair and find out about the many different summer options available for your child. Location to be determined. Visit the Web site for updated information.
Tinley Park Park District
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park
Grandma & Me Valentine Party 6:30-7:45 p.m., Feb. 6. Kids ages 3-6 can enjoy decorating a Valentine pillow and glass candy dish. Refreshments included. $21/person, $14/person resident. Father/Daughter Valentine Dance 7-9 p.m., Feb. 8. Dads and daughters will enjoy cookies, punch and dancing. Games and gifts for all. Registration required. $20/person, $13/person resident.
Thorn Creek Nature Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Roots and Shoots 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 2. Kids 5-10 can expand their woods lore, plan community projects and work for wildlife and the environment. Free. Chili Moon Night Hike 5-8 p.m., Feb. 22. Take a hike under the full moon and then enjoy a mug of chili in the nature center. All ages. $10.
Village of Orland Park
15600 West (100th) Ave., Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY
Winter Follies 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 7. Enjoy skating and a Valentine’s Day project at the ice rink. Popcorn and hot apple cider provided. All ages. Free.
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